Hartford Global Pathway Program – COVID-19 information for students

Correct as of 08.03.2020 at 06:00 CDT

Course-Related Information

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How many credits will I earn for my course I take online?

The number of credits per course are the same for online courses as they are for on-campus courses. During your first semester of online courses, you will earn the following number of credits in the International Pathway Program:

Undergraduate International Year (IY)

  • Standard 2-Semester IY: 8.5 to 9 Credits
  • Extended 3-Semester IY: 6 to 8 Credits
  • Extended-Plus (4-Semester) IY: 0 to 4 Credits
  • Pre-Sessional English: 0 Credits
  • Master’s International Year (MIY)
  • Standard 2-Semester MIY: 6 to 9 Credits
  • Extended 3-Semester MIY: 0 Credits
  • Pre-Sessional English: 0 Credits

Pre-Sessional English students who are Music majors may enroll in a for-credit private music lesson for an additional fee.

Who will teach my courses?

Your courses will be delivered online by the same instructors who deliver our on-campus courses. All University of Hartford courses are taught by instructors, not teaching assistants.

How will my courses be conducted?

Your courses will consist of high-quality interactive sessions that include live and recorded video and voice sessions. Some of our courses will be live while some courses can be completed on your own time. Some examples of interactive sessions you may participate in during your course may include 

  • Participating in a live discussion online
  • Watching an online presentation and adding your own video comments or questions
  • Participate in a discussion board on your own time
  • Viewing a lecture and participating in a Zoom meeting with your professor to answer questions

Do I need to be available at a specific time to participate in the course online?

You will be able to access live and recorded sessions, and you will be informed of any required live interactive sessions well in advance so that you can plan ahead. Recorded sessions can be accessed at any time based on your own schedule. 

Some interactive sessions may be scheduled to allow you to interact with instructors and other students. When working on group presentations, you will have the flexibility to find a time which is convenient for everyone in the group.

You will be expected to be an active participant in the virtual classroom, to be engaged in the program on a Monday through Friday basis, and to meet the assignment deadlines. All standard classroom rules of behavior and etiquette are expected in the virtual classroom.

How will I be graded during my courses?

You will be graded in the same manner for your virtual courses as if you were studying on campus.

What is the attendance policy for online classes?

For classes that are held in real-time, attendance may be taken. For both real-time and recorded classes, you are expected to access all of their assigned learning materials in a timely fashion and are expected to complete all assignments, exams, quizzes, and discussions by the deadlines. You check the Blackboard site Mondays through Fridays to ensure you have all of the information you need to complete your assignments on time.

What materials and what platform will I use for my courses?

We utilize the virtual learning platform Blackboard/Collaborate, which houses course outlines, materials, discussion forums, recorded sessions, collaboration tools, and more. Some of your academic classes may use additional platforms, but most University of Hartford courses use Blackboard/Collaborate, which does not require a VPN. Course materials will be provided online for easy access at your convenience. Our learning management system provides recorded sessions to help you review course material. You will submit all assignments for your courses through this platform.

What tools do I need to start my courses at the University of Hartford?

You will need the following resources to support your virtual learning:

  • Textbooks
  • Laptop or PC
  • Internet with good Internet connectivity
  • Webcam (for PC) or laptop camera for interactive discussions
  • Working microphone
  • Time – each course will require a significant time commitment (participation in sessions and online groups, assignments, etc.)

Since I’m studying virtually, is there a tuition discount?

The full tuition price is required for virtual learning at the University of Hartford. Your virtual studies at the University of Hartford are at the caliber of education that you would receive on campus, including working with our UHart faculty members. In addition, you have access to all of our student support offices online and our online engagement tools to help you feel a part of UHart’s community while studying online.

Comprehensive student fees are reduced for students studying online through the IPP:

  • Summer Semester: $25 (All Students)
  • Fall Semester: $941 (Undergraduate Students) | $215 (Graduate Students)

IPP students will continue to have access to all student support services online and our engagement tools to help you remain socially engaged with our UHart community while you study online.

What if I decide I don’t want to spend the semester enrolled in a virtual learning course?

We are committed to working with every student on the options to continue studying with us. Our standard cancellation and refund policies will have been provided to you when your place was confirmed.

For students who decide to withdraw after beginning their online courses, students may receive a 100% refund on their tuition and deposit within the first two weeks of starting their course online.

In the case of students who complete the course online and are not able to come to the USA because of visa issues, the following refund policy applies: For students who complete the semester online, have achieved the required GPA to progress/matriculate, and have provided evidence of two (2) visa rejections, those students will receive a 50% tuition refund.

To cancel your place before the commencement of your program or withdraw from your studies during the Trial Period, please use the following link: https://www.studygroup.com/request-withdrawal-NA

Health Information

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What is the latest US health guidance on COVID-19?

The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation and advice is being regularly updated.

Read more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

What healthcare arrangements are in place if a student becomes ill?

Students often fall ill with everyday colds, coughs and infections – and our staff are well trained to look after any student that is feeling unwell. Given the current situation staff are being extra vigilant.

Please be assured that the US government is well prepared and has put in place infection control measures, and the hospital system is well prepared to manage any further cases should they occur.

If a student falls ill with symptoms that could be coronavirus, they will receive urgent medical attention and will be tested by medical professionals. If the virus is diagnosed, then they will be taken to the nearest appropriate medical facility.

I am worried about my health – do I have to come to campus?

For the most up-to-date information from the University of Hartford about coronavirus, visit the University website.

In-person access to University facilities and services is extremely limited. Only students who have received permission from the University are allowed to remain in the residence halls. International students who are unable to return home are part of this group. You can learn more about this on the University website.

We are carefully following the advice of the US government to ensure the health of our students and staff.

Please contact International Pathway Program staff or email globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance if you have further questions.

Who should I contact with any other questions?

If you/your child are/is due to begin studies with us soon and you have an urgent inquiry regarding the coronavirus outbreak, please contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance. To help us provide the information that you need quickly, please include your student ID and University of Hartford International Pathway Program in the subject of your email.

For inquiries related to students who are already at the University of Hartford, please contact International Pathway Program Staff. Alternatively, please contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance.

Travel Information

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Are there travel restrictions for entering the USA?

The US government has implemented travel restrictions for foreign nationals into the USA from multiple countries due to COVID-19. The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information. This includes health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation, and advice is being updated regularly.

As of March 18, 2020, the US government has suspended all routine visa services in most countries worldwide due to COVID-19. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 18, 2020. Embassies will resume routine visa services as soon as possible. For more information, visit https://www.usembassy.gov/.

What health tests are being carried out by health officials at airports and other ports of entry?

At this time, travel restrictions and entry screening apply only to travelers arriving from some countries or regions with widespread ongoing spread of COVID-19. However, US policies are subject to change as the situation evolves. You can read further travel information on the CDC website.

The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice and information on current travel restrictions.

Can I travel at this time?

We are advising all our students currently in the US to remain in the country for the foreseeable future. Whilst the US government has clearly outlined which countries are currently under a travel ban, this guidance can change at a moment’s notice. Therefore to avoid any risk of not being allowed to re-enter the country, we are advising students to remain in the US. Anyone who chooses to leave the US to travel home will need to adhere to any US travel advice and restrictions in place at the time they plan to return.

If parents are planning to visit their children in the US, we advise you to first check the travel advice from the US government regarding travel bans and self-quarantine as this may impact the time you can spend with your child.

What should I do if my travel plans are affected by travel restrictions?

If your travel plans are affected by travel restrictions, please contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com to discuss your individual situation.

What if I cannot travel to attend my course?

If we identify that a student has been delayed and it is too late to join their planned course, we will be proactively contacting those students to make alternative study arrangements.

We have developed robust virtual teaching and learning environment for all students. Please contact NAQueries@studygroup.com for more information about how to start your virtual learning studies at the University of Hartford.

Additional Information

Student wellbeing is always our top priority and we understand this is a challenging period for you. Students are always welcome to speak with any member of our team at the International Pathway Program for support.

Alternatively, you can send inquiries to globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com.

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